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Bonitas showing strong vital signs

The annual results for Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas), 1 January – 31 December 2016, were announced today. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer said, ‘Increasing healthcare inflation and economic pressures are proving to be a challenge to the entire healthcare industry. The reality is that when consumers are struggling medical aid, which is essentially a grudge […]

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Advanced Groenkloof Day Hospital

South Africa’s most affordable medical aid option launched

Umvuzo Health, the country’s leading restricted low-cost medical scheme launched the all-new Activator Option during the unveiling of their new brand. Both the new Umvuzo Health brand and the new Activator Option created great interest and a welcome relief for those earning less than R3 850 a month. (more…)

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Bibi Goss-Ross, group operations manager, Advanced Health Limited

Are day hospitals the answer to rising healthcare costs?

South Africans are faced with the constant increases in the cost of living and an ailing economy, forcing consumers to cut down on spending across the board.  (more…)

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IRR report on cancer and its effect on South Africans

Non-communicable diseases barely at heart of policy

A policy area that does not receive enough attention from SA’s lawmakers is that of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and hypertension. This is according to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR). The IRR has released a report on the extent to which cancer and other non-communicable diseases affect South Africans. The report […]

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John Cranke of PSG Wealth explains disability insurance

Making sense of primary healthcare demarcation regulations

There has been some confusion around primary healthcare products and the possibility of them being discontinued. (more…)

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CMS releases annual report

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), regulator of the medical schemes industry, released its Annual Report for 2015-2016 today (14 October), which includes the most comprehensive report on the private medical schemes industry in South Africa. (more…)

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BHF members embrace new ARV treatment guidelines

The Board of Healthcare Funders and its member medical schemes have backed the introduction of the new anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment guidelines which will see all HIV positive patients starting anti-retroviral treatment as soon as they are diagnosed, rather than waiting for their CD4 count to fall below 500. (more…)

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The massive skills shortage in South Africa’s nursing profession has alarming implications for the level of patient care provided

The real cost of the skills shortage in the SA health sector

Nurses make up the largest group of healthcare providers in South Africa. The performance of any healthcare system is directly dependent on the quality of care afforded by these healthcare professionals. Yet in 2015, a report by the University of Witwatersrand revealed that over 60% of nurses admitted reporting that they felt too tired to […]

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